Closing the interview successfully is crucial to your job search success.
How you end an interview should be tailored to suit the position, the company, the style of the interviewer and your own personal style.
Use the examples of good interview closing statements and questions to help you develop your own appropriate way of wrapping up the job interview. Leave your interview on the right note and make a lasting impression.
Adapt these sample closing comments to make your closing relevant to what has happened during the job interview. Find out how to end an interview.
Consider what you have discussed and reinforce your suitability for the job as the interview reaches a conclusion.
“I did extensive research on this company beforehand and was really excited about this interview. This has been reinforced by everything I have heard and learned today. I appreciate the time you have taken with me and I am positive about my ability to perform successfully in this job. Is there anything else you need to know, do we need to set up another meeting?"
"This sounds like an exciting challenge- just what I have been hoping for. I believe my ...(list your strengths)...make me the right candidate for this job. What will the next step in the hiring process be?"
You need to be sure that any possible concerns that the interviewer may have are addressed when you close.
“Is there any reason why this process will not progress to the next step – I would like to clear up any issues now that may impact on my getting this job. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity.”
“Although I know there are other candidates interviewing for this position, I am confident that I am the right candidate for the following reasons………. Do you agree with me?”
Make sure you close on a positive note.
"Thank you for your time. You have given me a very clear picture of the position and I am even more enthusiastic about it than before. I know that my skills and experience (list the relevant skills and experience) will add real value to your company in this job. Can we discuss what I should do next to make sure that I get this job?"
"From my research I knew that this was going to be an exciting position with a company that has an excellent reputation in the industry. Now I am even more convinced of that. Is there anything else you need to know that will help persuade you that I am the right candidate for this job?"
Find out the next step in the hiring process.
"What are the next steps in the hiring process for this job and can you give me an approximate time frame?"
"When can I expect to hear feedback, and who will be in contact?"
“The job sounds just what I am looking for. What is the next step?”
Make good use of these closing the interview techniques to leave behind an excellent impression.
The better you prepare for closing the interview the more you will stand out as a confident and professional candidate. Tried and tested interview closing tips help you get it right.
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After you have successfully closed the interview, the next step is to send a well-written interview follow up letter.
Always send a thank you letter within 24 hours of your job interview.
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